Ohio Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Gay Marriage Amendment

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the Ohio Supreme Court made the right call in dismissing a motion brought by a group that challenged the petition for a proposed same sex marriage amendment that could be on the statewide ballot as early as next fall.

The Freedom to Marry coalition is trying to repeal a 2004 state amendment stating marriage is only recognized between a man and a woman in Ohio.

DeWine, an opponent of gay marriage, had filed a motion in late April stating the Ohio Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction over the legal challenge by opponents to the amendment.

The Supreme Court voted 5-2 to dismiss the case this afternoon.

"When somebody wants to put something on the ballot it's not a question of whether Mike DeWine likes it or Mike DeWine doesn't like it, or even whether Mike DeWine's going to vote for it or not vote for it," he said. "The question is is it a concise and accurate representation of what that ballot initiative would do. And our lawyers looked at it and said yes it was. The Supreme Court agreed and I think obviously that was a correct decision."

Backers of the proposal are continuing to circulate petitions to put the issue on the ballot. They will need more than 358,000 valid petition signatures to put it on next year’s ballot.

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